Meet The Extraordinary Denizens Of The Tibetan Plateau
One of the most remote places on Earth is home to some of the rarest mammal species―Tibetan Antelope, Tibetan Gazelle, Przewalski's Gazelle, Wild Yak and more
Tibetan Gazelle or Goa (Procapra picticaudata), at the Dulan Nature Reserve.
China’s Tibetan Plateau, also known as the Qinghai–Tibetan Plateau, is one of the most remote and extreme places on Earth. Sometimes referred to as 'The Third Pole', it is the largest, highest and youngest plateau in the world. The average altitude is between 3500 and 5000 metres above sea level, and it is surrounded by some of the world's highest mountains and mountain chains, including the Himalayas. The Tibetan Plateau is home to many species of mammals that are unique to the region, including the Tibetan Antelope, Tibetan Gazelle, Kiang (a high-mountain wild ass species), the almost extinct Przewalski's Gazelle and the rare Wild Yak. The Tibetan Wolf is also a relatively common species, with the region boasting a healthy prey population of Blue Sheep and White-lipped Deer. The Tibetan Plateau also hosts two of the world’s largest nature reserves, Hoh Xil, also known as Kekexili (45,000sq.km.) and Changtang (334,000sq.km.).
Thursday, 16 March, 2023
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Staffan Widstrand is a multiple award-winning photographer based in Sweden. He is a National Geographic Explorer and a Sony Imaging Ambassador. Most of Staffan's work is about highlighting the joy of our natural heritage and attempting to inspire us to better protect and take care of it. He is the author of 19 books in 9 languages.